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had this problem in 1984. george w. bush had it in 2004 against john kerry. look, when you're president, one of the many privileges of your office is that where you sit people do not customarily walk in and tell you you're wrong or full of crap. it just doesn't happen. >> right. >> what happens in a debate is your challenger looks you straight in the eye and says you're fundamentally wrong and you're taking the country down the wrong direction. the president turns around and says what? i'm doing everything i can. it's that adjustment period the president did not respond well to last night and i guarantee you having talked to many obama advisors in denver last night they're going to retool the preparations, his attitude and demeanor. >> how big of shift in this campaign this was debate? most polls had mitt romney trailing by four, five, six points. now there seems to be a renewed interest in his campaign by perhaps some of these polls. >> i've written this many times this year. gallop had it 49-47 and so did the washington post. going into the debate the same. a lot has happ
, because the first debate is usually the more watched debate. president george w. bush had a poor performance against john kerry and came back strong. last night the president was mocking his own performance. you have to accept you didn't do well, and come back and bring it to romney. but he's going to have to do that. >> okay. mitt romney, on the other hand, had a strong showing. what does he need to do to maintain any momentum he might have picked up? >> i think this presents the romney campaign with something they needed. they needed to hit the reset button. they needed to make it race closer. it was starting to slip away. now we have a new race. everyone is paying attention now. a lot of people i think that can be swayed and maybe some were swayed during the debate, he needs to, i think, win probably the next two, or at least have strong showings. he just needs to keep that momentum. avoid gaffes that have plagued his campaign. >> on a personal note, they were trying to soften him, make him more like, you know, every day person out there. the comment that i have five sons, i k
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